McChrystal Voted for Obama, Says Rolling Stone

By Staff | June 22, 2010 | 1:20 PM EDT

In this May 10, 2010 photo, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry brief reporters ahead of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit at the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( - In “The Runaway General,” an article by Michael Hastings posted by Rolling Stone today, the magazine reports that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, voted for Barack Obama to be president of the United States. The magazine does not indicate how it learned this.
“Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed from the outset to connect,” says the Rolling Stone article. “The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked ‘uncomfortable and intimidated’ by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn't go much better. ‘It was a 10-minute photo op,’ says an adviser to McChrystal. ‘Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was.”
McChrystal himself is quoted in the article as are aides to the general, who make comments critical of President Obama and senior administration officials.  According to the Associated Press, McChrystal has apologized today for the article, saying that he used “poor judgment” in an interview with Rolling Stone. President Obama, meanwhile, has summoned his general and voter to personally attend the White House’s monthly Afghanistan meeting which will be held on Wednesday. McChrystal ordinarily attends by videolink.